Volkswagen Virtus is the brand’s compact sedan that is already on sale globally and now it has been spotted testing in India. The car spotted testing was an LHD (left-hand drive) model suggesting it could be a test mule for component testing for the next-gen Vento which is expected to go on sale in India later this year. We say so as the next-gen Vento will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform which is a localised version of the MQB A0 platform that underpins the Virtus sedan globally.
The next-gen Vento will go on sale after the Taigun SUV which is expected to go on sale in the coming few months. VW is expected to launch the next-gen sedan by the end of 2021 or early 2022.
Based on the MQB A0 IN platform, the next-gen Vento is expected to be bigger than the current model. The Virtus is also bigger than the current Vento and here is a comparison:
Under the hood, the next-gen Vento will continue to come with the same 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine as the current model. It makes 110PS and 175Nm paired to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Features on offer should include upto 6 airbags, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, traction control, auto AC with rear AC vents, auto-dimming IRVM, auto LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, connected car tech and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As mentioned above, Volkswagen is expected to launch the next-gen Vento by the end of 2021 or early 2021. It is expected to be priced at a premium over the current model which retails from Rs 8.69 lakh to Rs 13.68 lakh (ex-showroom India). It will continue to take on likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Toyota Yaris and the next-gen Rapid.